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Motivational speaker lectures at Key Bank event

first_imgAs a motivational speaker, writer and artist Joni Arredia tries to find the best in everyone. “I reflect goodness,” she said. “I love finding the best in people, I am a creative that always follows through. I use this gift that God has given me to make the world a better place. That’s what I do.” Arredia spoke at Saint Mary’s on Thursday night for a Key Bank event. “I’m talking about lifestyle balance, ” she said. “Key Bank puts this event on for women business owners that are their clients.” With all the different ventures she is involved in, Arredia said she understands the importance of lifestyle balance. “All the things that I do … they feel that I balance life very well,” she said. “As an entrepreneur and creative businesswoman how do you keep your connection to yourself, your family and your business … [with] space in your life to balance.” Motivational speaking was not Arredia’s first career choice. In 1982, she bought a jazzercise franchise. “I was teaching about 500 students a week,” she said. “I really found that people were coming in and wanting to lose weight and get fit but what I found more than anything they were looking for a place that made them feel good.” While teaching jazzercise, Arredia also became interested in the nutritional end of fitness. She studied with the ‘Fit or Fat’ method under Cover Bailey and became a speaker for the program. Then, one day, Arredia decided to speak for herself. “One day I thought I’ll just get on that stage and … speak about what I believe in,” she said. “It worked, it worked to the point that I got everyone crying, like 300 people.” Arredia realized while she wanted to impact people with her words, but she needed a tutor to hone her speaking and motivating skills. “Words are very, very powerful and you have to be very responsible [with them],” she said. “I took about another year before started speaking to motivate people [again].” Once she began motivational speaking, Arredia said she realized she wanted to be able to offer people something to take home to continue their journey. It was then she decided to become an author. Arredia has since written a newspaper column on the East Coast and has published two books. Along with motivational speaking and writing, Arredia is also a painter and a recent playwright. “I moved to Chicago seven years ago and started to study [acting] ferociously for two years,” she said. Arredia said she got interested in theatre because of her involvement in high school and she wanted to work in a team again. Her play, ‘Resurfacing’, debuted in Chicago in 2011. Even with all she has accomplished in her life, Arredia said her work with Hut Outreach, a Toledo, Ohio-based organization in Haiti has been the “coolest thing in my life, other than my family.” “I went to Haiti in January, and when I came home worked furiously on pieces [of artwork] and staged a show in my home,” she said. “In one night we raised $20,000 dollars and went back a month later … to work on some exciting outreach programs.” Through her career, Arredia said she has been able to understand people more and realize how to motivate them. “I just love it. It is so much fun,” she said.  “It is such a blast to watch light bulbs go off and peoples eyes sparkly. I thank God every day for this gift.” Contact Anna Boarini at [email protected]last_img read more

DSS Donates $12,500 to 11 Non-Profits

first_imgBusinessLifestyleLocalNews DSS Donates $12,500 to 11 Non-Profits by: – December 20, 2019 Share                                    Dominica Infirmary accepts gift from DSS Share Sharing is caring! Tweet 130 Views   no discussions A few local institutions that assist the less fortunate were rendered some assistance by the Dominica Social Security on Friday.The Dominica Social Security (DSS), as part of their tradition, made donations to the Centre  where Adolescents Learn to Love and Serve(CALLS) , CHANCES, Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities (DAPD), Dominica Infirmary, Education Trust Fund, Grotto Home for the Homeless, House of Hope, Mahaut Senior Citizens Home, Northern District Home for the Aged, St. Jerome’s Ministry, and Social Centre.Director of Dominica Social Security, Janice Jean-Jacques Thomas, says the DSS targets institutions that assist individuals who have benefitted the development of the country and the Social Security system in the past.She said, “Over the course of the last several years, the Dominica Social Security has been making cash donations to facilitate the work of a number of non-profit organisations. This practice is consistent with the board’s policy of allocating a percentage of its annual administrative budget for the purpose of supporting the activities of certain organisations.“The DAPD stated, “On behalf of the Dominica Association of Persons with Disabilities, we say thank you to the Dominica Social Security for our Christmas gift. It is a very big gift. All the contributors, if it wasn’t for you, we would not be receiving this today. So we say thank you to all those who contribute, and DSS, thank you for for giving us this big gift this morning.”“The House of Hope also expressed gratitude, “On behalf of the residents, board of management and the staff of the House of Hope, I would like to thank the Dominica Social Security for once again placing us on your list of beneficiaries during this Christmas season. The House of Hope is challenged and has been challenged since its inception, but more so after Erika and after Maria, we’ve really had some severe challenges.”“The DSS is already having a significant impact on the socio-economic wellbeing of the nation. We remain mindful of the fact that as a good corporate citizen, it behooves us to possess a social conscience which is made manifest to the degree of attention that we give to the needs of the less fortunate and under-privileged in our midst,” the DSS Director believes.The donations amount to a total of $12,500.DAPD accepts gift from DSS Sharelast_img read more

De Silva leads Sri Lanka fightback with maiden Test century

first_img(REUTERS)-Dhananjaya de Silva hit a maiden century and combined with Dinesh Chandimal to resurrect Sri Lanka’s innings after a poor start against Australia on the opening day of the third and final Test yesterday.Sri Lanka, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, won the toss and opted to bat but were reduced to 26 for five, bringing De Silva and Chandimal together at the crease.For close to the next 74 overs in the day, Australia could not separate the pair as they added 188 for the sixth wicket with the hosts reaching 214 for five at the close, with De Silva 116 not out and Chandimal unbeaten on 64.Left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, the most successful bowler in the series, was at his devastating best in the morning and picked up three wickets, taking his tally for the series to 20.Captain Steve Smith introduced off-spinner Nathan Lyon in the sixth over with the pitch at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground already providing some assistance to the spinners and was rewarded with two wickets.Starc, bowling with pace and accuracy, sent back Sri Lanka’s faltering opening batsmen, with Kaushal Silva falling for a duck and Dimuth Karunaratne (seven) getting out to the same bowler for all five times in the series.Kusal Perera (16) hit three boundaries before edging Lyon to Smith at slip while the off-spinner also picked up Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews’ wicket, the batsman top-edging his sweep shot to deep square leg.Starc returned for another spell to dismiss in-form Kusal Mendis for one, Smith completing another smart catch behind the wickets.Lyon thought he had his third when De Silva was given out off a bat-pad catch but the batsman managed to overturn the decision on review.De Silva, playing only his third Test match, got to his hundred with a boundary off Smith’s part-time leg-spin and followed it up with an emotional celebration. He ended the day having hit 16 fours in his 240-ball knock.Australia had a few half chances but failed to convert them.Paceman Suranga Lakmal recovered from a hamstring injury to replace Vishwa Fernando in the only change for the hosts from the team that beat Australia by 229 runs in Galle.Australia, whose top ranking in the format is at stake, dropped opening batsman Joe Burns and number three Usman Khawaja from a side that have struggled against the hosts’ spinners.Left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh and all-rounder Moises Henriques, who last played a Test match in March 2013, were drafted in.SRI LANKA 1st inningsK. Silva c Smith b Starc 0D. Karunaratne b Starc 7K. Perera c Smith b Lyon 16K. Mendis c Smith b Starc 1A. Mathews c Starc b Lyon 1D. Chandimal not out 64D. de Silva not out 116Extras (b-4 lb-5) 9Total (for 5 wickets, 90 overs) 214Fall of wickets: 1-2 K. Silva,2-21 K. Perera,3-23 D. Karunaratne,4-24 A. Mathews,5-26 K. MendisTo bat: D. Perera, R. Herath, L. Sandakan, S. LakmalBowling: M. Starc 18 – 7 – 47 – 3,J. Hazlewood 11 – 3 – 27 – 0,N. Lyon 34 – 9 – 72 – 2, J. Holland 21 – 5 – 34 – 0,M. Marsh 5 – 0 – 20 – 0, S. Smith 1 – 0 – 5 – 0.last_img read more

MLB announces 60-game schedule; Dodgers and Angels will open on ESPN

first_imgThe Angels are scheduled to play 18 games in 18 days from Aug. 14-31, sandwiched between a pair of home off-days.The Dodgers’ longest stretch of consecutive games is 17, from Aug. 7-23. That streak curiously includes 15 games in Southern California sandwiched around two in Seattle (Aug. 19 and 20).Jackie Robinson Day, which normally takes place each April 15, will be celebrated Aug. 28. That date marks the anniversary of the March on Washington in 1963, as well as the date in 1945 when Branch Rickey met with Robinson to discuss his future in the big leagues. Dodger Stadium will host three exhibition games: July 19 and 20 against the Diamondbacks, and July 21 against the Angels. The Angels also have exhibition games July 20 at San Diego and July 22 at home against the Padres.Following their four-game series in Oakland to begin the season, the Angels play their first home game July 28 against the Mariners, a 6:40 p.m. start.The Opening Day matchup between the Dodgers and Giants will be televised by ESPN, a scheduled 7:08 p.m. game. Two days later, Fox will televise the Saturday rematch at 4 p.m. The next day, July 26, the teams return to ESPN for a 7 p.m. “Sunday Night Baseball” game.Fox is also televising a Saturday game between the Astros and Dodgers on Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. The Dodgers visit Houston for the first time since the 2017 World Series on July 28-29. The Astros visit Los Angeles Sept. 12 and 13.With two exceptions – Opening Day, and a 4:10 game against the Mariners on Aug. 18 – every weekday home game at Dodger Stadium is scheduled to begin at 6:40 p.m. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings The Dodgers will begin the shortest regular season in franchise history at home against the Giants on July 23. The Angels will play their first game the next night in Oakland.Commissioner Rob Manfred resolved months of suspense by unilaterally imposing an abbreviated season in June, and Major League Baseball announced the 60-game schedules for every team on Monday.Because of the novel coronavirus, the season was placed on hold in March. The state of California disallowed live crowds at sporting events shortly thereafter. The number of daily recorded coronavirus cases has gradually trended upward ever since, and it’s unclear whether fans will be allowed in Dodger Stadium or Angel Stadium between now and October. With no tickets on sale, MLB had the luxury of time in announcing its schedule.The regular season ends Sept. 27 with the finale of a three-game series between the Dodgers and Angels at Dodger Stadium. All 15 games that day are scheduled to begin at noon. A traditional three-round postseason will follow. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img ESPN is televising the Angels’ opener on July 24 at 7 p.m. Fox is televising two Saturday Angel games at 4 p.m.: Aug. 1 against the Astros and Sept. 19 against the Rangers.The 2020 schedule features some familiar baseball hallmarks. The vast majority of weekday home games will be played under the lights. Most Sunday games will be afternoon affairs. Every series will consist of two, three or four games.Other than its length, the biggest change to the schedule involves a lack of travel. The Dodgers and Angels will not play any regular season games outside their division, with the exception of interleague games against other West division teams.The Angels will make one interleague road trip to San Francisco (Aug. 19-20), one to Colorado (Sept. 11-13), and another to San Diego (Sept. 22-23). The Giants (Aug. 17-18) and Padres (Sept. 2-3) visit Angel Stadium. The Angels’ only other interleague series is Aug. 14-16 against the Dodgers in Anaheim.The Dodgers play the Mariners (Aug. 17-18 at home, Aug. 19-20 in Seattle), Rangers (Aug. 28-30 in Texas), and A’s (Sept. 22-23 at home), in addition to their series against the Angels and Astros.Related Articles Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

Missing Mexican aircraft found

first_imgThe single-engine Cessna 208-B Caravan was located from the air in the mountains of La Giganta, 26km west of Loreto, the airport in the state of Baja California Sur from which the plane departed.Weather is believed to have been a factor in the crash with Tropical Storm Octave bringing heavy rain to the area Monday.The Cessna Caravan was on a 30-minute flight to Ciudad Constitucion.A search was launched two hours after take-off but later suspended because of bad weather.It has been suggested that pilot may have altered course because of the weather and become disoriented.The Cessna Caravan is a popular plane with over 2000 built since it first flew in December 1982.There have been 231 incidents and accidents involving the Caravan.So far for 2013 there have been 22 crashes with 197 fatalities.The ten year crash average is 27 accidents with 627 deaths.Last year was the safest on record with 15 fatal accidents involving with 414 fatalities.In 2012 there were 37.5 million flights which carried almost 3 billion passengerslast_img read more

MTN to up African music offering

first_imgCCA’s vast catalogue includes recording labels such as AS Entertainment, Godfather (specialising in Nigerian content), Al Records (East and West Africa content) and Soulistic Music, which features top DJs like Black Coffee. “With Africa’s mobile penetration now at approximately 50% of the 1-billion population, MTN sees a huge opportunity in music content being delivered on people’s mobile handsets via our www.mtnplay.com digital content portal.” Christian de Faria, MTN’s senior vice president for innovation, says there is a growing demand for digital content in Africa: “More and more people in Africa and in the developed world are going online for entertainment content,” he said in a statement earlier this month. CCA has a substantial catalogue of African musical content by artists in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ghana, South Africa and Kenya – among others. It also has rights to exclusive video content featuring a host of popular African artists, including Hugh Masekela, Fela Kuti and Busi Mhlongo. Growing demand for digital content Vast catalogue of African music “Connect Africa is passionate about music from our continent,” said CCA managing director Antos Stella. “We have always strived to be ahead of the pack when it comes to representing African music, offering our artists and labels a bouquet of services from content to marketing, sponsorship and digital management. Through its deal with CCA, MTN will offer a wide selection of music content, which will be available either as full tracks or caller tunes. He explained that the African consumer, with an estimated spending power of US$1.4-trillion by 2020, has become highly aspirational with a taste for world-class goods and services over the last few years. “We are delighted to work with MTN Play to deliver this content to the rest of Africa.” Pan-African mobile operator MTN has teamed up with Content Connect Africa (CCA), an aggregator and provider of on and off-portal content, to offer a wider variety of African music to its customers across the continent. 23 June 2011 SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Women more addicted to their cellphones than men, reveals study

first_imgWomen are more likely to use cellphones for texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, while men prefer using their devices for entertainment purposes and accessing social networking sites, a new US study has found.Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones and men college students spend nearly eight, with excessive use posing potential risks for academic performance, researchers from Baylor University said.”As cellphone functions increase, addictions to this seemingly indispensable piece of technology become an increasingly realistic possibility,” said researcher James Roberts, The Ben H Williams Professor of Marketing in Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business.The study noted that approximately 60 per cent of college students admit they may be addicted to their cellphone, and some indicated they get agitated when it is not in sight.The study – based on an online survey of 164 college students – examined 24 cellphone activities and found that time spent on 11 of those activities differed significantly across the sexes.Some functions – among them Pinterest and Instagram – are associated significantly with cellphone addiction. But others that might logically seem to be addictive – Internet use and gaming – were not.Of the top activities, respondents overall reported spending the most time texting (an average of 94.6 minutes a day), followed by sending emails (48.5 minutes), checking Facebook (38.6 minutes), surfing the Internet (34.4 minutes) and listening to their iPods (26.9 minutes).Men send about the same number of emails as women but spend less time on each.”That may suggest that they’re sending shorter, more utilitarian messages than their female counterparts,” Roberts said.advertisementWomen may be more inclined to use cellphones for social reasons such as texting or emails to build relationships and have deeper conversations, the study suggested.The men in the study, while more occupied with using their cellphones for utilitarian or entertainment purposes, “are not immune to the allure of social media,” Roberts said.They spent time visiting such social networking sites as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Among reasons they used Twitter were to follow sports figures, catch up on the news – “or, as one male student explained it, ‘waste time,'” Roberts said.The study was published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.last_img read more

LT Construction bags order for Navi Mumbai International Airport

first_imgNew Delhi: Infrastructure major L&T on Tuesday said its construction arm has bagged the contract for construction of the Navi Mumbai International Airport. The company did not provide value of the contracts but said the orders fall under “major” category which ranges between Rs 5,000 crore and Rs 7,000 crore as per its classification of contracts. “The transportation infrastructure and buildings and factories businesses of L&T Construction have secured a prestigious project from the Navi Mumbai International Airport Private Ltd (NMIAPL) for the engineering, procurement and construction of the greenfield Navi Mumbai International Airport at Navi Mumbai,” L&T said in a regulatory filing. The passenger terminal building is being developed to initially handle a capacity of 10 MPA (million passengers per annum). The project will subsequently be enhanced to handle 20 MPA, the company added. Shares of the company were trading at Rs 1,314 apiece, down 1.06 per cent, from their previous close on BSE.last_img read more

Whitehorse rallies at Conservative MPs office

first_imgAPTN National NewsA couple dozen people also took up the Idle No More cause in Whitehorse.The modest crowd, including local politicians and chiefs, gathered in front of the offices of Yukon’s Conservative MP Ryan Leef.The rally focused on Bill C-45, the government’s omnibus legislation.Demonstrators said the legislation will make amendments to the Indian Act that changes how land is managed on First Nations. They say this will help the federal government take control of First Nation land.“This is just the beginning of the Conservative agenda. This is just the beginning of the changes that are coming and if it is frightening …it’s just going to go on and on and on unless we stand up as a grassroots movement and get it to stop,” said demonstrator Cherish Clarke.last_img

Playtex plastic plates bowls pose choking hazard for children recall announced

first_imgTORONTO – Playtex-branded plastic plates and bowls for children are being recalled after the distributor received four reports of choking in Canada.No serious injury has been reported but Health Canada and Edgewell Personal Care Canada say consumers should stop using the products and return them for a refund.They say the choking risk comes from a clear plastic coating that can peel or bubble from the surface of the plates or bowls.The products feature brightly coloured designs and are sold separately or in sets with plastic cups and cutlery.Further information is available through Health Canada at http://bit.ly/2yIDZeHThe products had been on the market in Canada since January 2010, with about 1.9 million units sold here and 3.6 million units distributed in the United States.No incidents or injuries in the United States have been reportedlast_img read more